Creative Corner // Interview with Holly Denham // Artist in Cincinnati, Ohio

In January I got to photograph Holly Denham to help create some content for her for social media and marketing material. Holly has been an artist her entire life but is turning her fire and passion for it all into a growing side hustle that can help create new opportunities for her and her family while simultaneously growing her skills and talents. This is a little interview about her and her process!

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BROOKE: What got you started into art?

HOLLY: Art has really always been in my life in one way or another. I can remember doing something creatively driven as far back my first memories. I started experimenting more with drawing in 5th and 6th grade drawing moneys and dinosaurs more than anything else. 

Once I got into high school, I started replicating Disney movie scenes and characters, then progressed to replicating more complex fantasy art. Throughout high school, I was in Ceramics, Fine Art, 2D Studio, Web Design, and really anything I could fit into my school schedule while still drawing on my own after school. 

I focused mainly on sketching for a long time and that was really the base for where I officially launched myself publicly with my art. Ever since then, I’ve been teaching myself through experimentation, watching lots of tutorial and time lapse videos, learning about supplies and techniques, making lots of mistakes, and growing from there.

BROOKE: I think it is absolutely incredible that you are almost entirely self taught. I think it can be so hard for people, myself included, to start out knowing how bad you are at drawing or painting or anything like that and just sticking with it long enough to get better. I’ve heard of so many artists that say the best way to get better is just to get started and never stop.


BROOKE: What mediums do you like to use the most?

HOLLY: Sketching and watercolors the most hands down. I love the style of inking a ton, but I’m still gaining skill in that department!

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BROOKE: What are your favorite things to draw or paint? 

HOLLY: My subject matters that I enjoy drawing/painting the most vary. I love drawing dinos, anything space themed, dark toned pieces, and sci-fi. I’m very naturally drawn to the darker and dreamy sides of art.

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BROOKE: How long have you been drawing? 

HOLLY: As long as I can remember. I used to be really bad about stopping and putting it away for a year or more at a time, but kept finding that I was still improving when I would go back to it. I don’t let myself do that anymore, and having my art be so public has helped motivate me to keep going.

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BROOKE: Who are your top 5 favorite artists/influences? 

HOLLY: This is really hard to narrow down. I honestly have a huge list of artists who I love and draw inspiration from. I could easily make this list 3x as long. Shawn Coss, Gretel Lusky, Agnes Cecile, Terrance Whitlow, Tanya Shatseva


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